Kullervo / Aulis Sallinen ,
Saarlandisches Staatstheater Saarbruecken , Germany
Conductor : Constantin Trinks
Director : Inga Levant
Set : Roni Toren
Costumes : Magali Gerberon
The famous Finish composer, Aulis Sallinen, wrote this piece in 1988, based on one of the Finish myths, known as "The KALEVALLA".
Kullervo is one of its tragic and ill fated characters. His story deals with strong conflicts within the family, frustration, anger and aggression that lead him to evil destruction. Throughout the opera nature forces play an important role.
The opera has realistic scenes as well as parts more airy and dreamy.
The opera took place in a large tilted room which had several "real" elements of a kitchen. A huge rocky mountain burst into the space, leaving broken walls, and creating tension in the air. Interior and exterior live one next to the other, enabling the action to move freely from intimate scenes into big outdoor actions. Characters entered from all directions: through the window, the door, from behind the mountain, beneath the stage, and by floating in the air.